Hi, I’m Sanne,
I help early-stage startups design products that work.
I have 20 years of experience and design high-quality digital products that your clients will love and let your business thrive.
I help startups
discover what to build
bring their vision to life
create a first MVP
design & prototype
quickly visualise ideas
create their pitch story
build up a design team
discover what to build
If you’re a startup looking for a designer with a broad skill set from concept and strategy to design and prototyping, get in touch.
What I can do for you
I help you understand the customer problem at hand, generate possible directions, and make ideas tangible for validation. The result enables you to make more confident business decisions and make sure you build the right thing.
I design digital products that connect customer needs with business goals in a meaningful way. I create screens, flows, design systems, and prototypes using UX and UI design to make products come to life.
I lead and guide interdisciplinary teams to do the best work possible. My goal is to find the right balance between the product, processes, and people. To create a clear focus, I use a product strategy to inform what to build and why.
Mizu by Carealytix
Companion app for chronic kidney disease patients
Live group training with personal feedback from the comfort of your home
Platform for team development
Ridesharing redefined – In cooperation with INK corporated
What clients say about me
Sanne always tries to get us the most value out of the available time and budget. The result is always on point! He quickly understands the challenges we are facing, and the designed solutions take the bigger picture and possible next steps into account. Since working with Sanne, support questions around our interface were cut in half, and time and costs for validating new product ideas lowered. Our collaboration over the last two years has been very uncomplicated, trusting, pleasant, and productive. I definitely recommend working with Sanne!”
Co-Founder & CPO – Monday.Rocks
Sanne joined us, when I as a founder was still trying to self-teach myself design and creating screens for the first version of our product. He brought exactly the level of drive, seniority, and deep design expertise needed to create a scalable system and product vision. I don’t think that I exaggerate if I say he is the Design Lead you dream of as an entrepreneur. In retrospect, I only wish we could have found and involved him even a bit earlier.”
Co-Founder – Carealytix Digital Health
The beauty of working with Sanne is a combination of three things. First his deep experience as a product designer and user experience specialist. Second, his understanding and adaptability to a startup’s (sometimes slightly chaotic) processes and unique setups. Lastly, his no-bullshit-and-always-respectfully-telling-you-the-truth way of working together. So don’t think twice about it if he has the availability to work with you.”
- His deep experience as a product designer and user experience specialist.
- His understanding and adaptability to a startup's (sometimes slightly chaotic) processes and unique setups.
- His no-bullshit-and-always-respectfully-telling-you-the-truth way of working together.
Don't think twice about it if he has the availability to work with you.”
Co-Founder & Co-CEO – House of Beautiful Business
We worked with Sanne from the first experiment all the way to the launch of our first MVP. He is conceptual and strategical strong but can also switch to hands-on design. This created flexibility and allowed us to move forward quickly. Sanne works fast, understands quickly, and is fun to work with. He created processes and structures that really helped clarify what to build next and made it possible to build up the initial design and development team quickly. Highly recommended!”
Co-Founder – Cloom, Investor
Sanne usually immediately has an idea of how something can be realised, mainly supported by his web design experience. I especially like his pragmatic way of approaching things. His designs look good and consider usability and the customer's point of view. Furthermore, Sanne thinks about possible costs that may arise during programming. Working with Sanne is a lot of fun; his good mood and positive forward thinking are contagious. I can definitely recommend Sanne and would work with him again, which we already do.”
Senior Online Marketing Manager – MOIA
Nice to meet you
I am Sanne Wijbenga, Dutch designer and creative director with 20 years of experience. For over a decade, I worked at agencies in The Netherlands and Germany, creating award-winning work for a broad range of clients across industries.
I love working with decision-makers on the intersection of design, strategy, and business. I believe this is where design can have the biggest impact.
In 2018 I started my independent design practice using my experience to help early-stage startups create high-quality products that customers love and let businesses thrive.
I'm based in Munich and collaborate with clients across Europe.
I follow a pragmatic approach where we combine your knowledge of your customer, product, and industry with my design expertise. I work with quick check-ins instead of big presentations.
Making things tangible fast creates clarity and sparks discussion, helping us identify risks and uncover potential.
Where to start
The easiest way to start working together and experience what value I can bring to your business. The starting point can either be a predefined design challenge or a joined deep dive where we uncover opportunities. At the end of the two weeks, you will have concrete design solutions.
- Product Discovery work
- Startups with a clear commitment to improve their product
The smallest step to get a taste of my added value. I will suggest how to improve your product using my expertise and best practice research. You will receive a presentation and backlog with possible improvements and opportunity areas.
- Small startups with an existing product and limited budget
A monthly retainer might be for you if you are looking for steady support over an extended period. We can focus on hands-on design or the management of your design or product team.
- Startups with a clear roadmap
- Scale-ups with an existing design team